Bell's Special Double Cream Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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89
very good
3,794 Ratings
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Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,794
Reviews:
1,442
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
495
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,794 |  Reviews: 1,442
Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 11/6/09.

A - Smooth black onyx color with deep ruby highlights and one-finger creamy tan cap that receded to a thin veil and deposited strands of sticky lace around the glass.

S - I'm a little stuffy today, but I am able to pull out sweet lactic/milky notes, chocolate and some roasted malt, as well as a hint of coffee.

T - Bitter chocolate abounds with a sweet backing of milky notes. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop bitterness and a robust roasted malt character.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly a tad coarse and prickly, yet still displays a fairly thick and oily mouthfeel overall. Finishes somewhat sticky with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Double Cream is a good stout overall, and I found it to be a bit more bitter than I was anticipating. Tasty, but not overly complex, as I tend to like my stouts.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown-black. Impenetrable. Dark beige head.

S: Sweet - brown sugar, malts, vanilla. Some chocolate and coffee.

T: Cream chocolate, roasted malts. A little bitter hops.

M: Super smooth and creamy, yet tingly. Bitter finish.

D: Sweet and creamy. I liked it; I'd say it's worth trying.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black body of ale allows just a hint of dark amber around the edge; slim head a finger high of pale foam left but motes of lace behind

S: dark malt aromas suggest charred wood, cocoa powder, and coffee that's grown cold on the counter

T: bittersweet roasted malts contribute coffee and char; sweet edge suggests cocoa, dry and semi-sweet

M: smooth and soft, with some tingle of carbonation; medium body; some chalkiness; bittersweet coating lingers...

O: a well-done roasty stout, easy drinking and hearty - fairly typical flavors and feel for the style - not sure I got as much "special double cream" as I would've expected.

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Photo of danlib21
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpolewan
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikem0487
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into ale glass.

A-Pinky width brown head that dissapated slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Dark black like any other stout.

S-Coffee bean, roasted malts, vanilla and prunes. Smells great with the vanilla being the main standout for me.

T-Roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness that is subdued by the sweetness of the 10 grain malt grain. Finishes quite roasty. Very drinkable stout. Not as pleasant with the taste as the smell is. Good none the less.

M-As the name implies it is quite creamy. Mild carbonation, medium bodied.

O-A good drinkable stout. Defiantly going to enjoy this 6pack!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an absolutely delicious stout, but i don't get the cream part, there s no sweet finish or body like the milk sugar usually imparts on these beers, but other than that curious absence for its name, its a wonderful beer. rich and dark, huge grain bill i have to imagine, with special dark, carafa, and burnt barley, among chocolate and caramel too. it all combines into a very coffee like aroma, with some good roast to it, no acidity, and an intense dark chocolate element, bakers chocolate, unsweetened even. super dark to look at too, no light coming in, and not much head on it, but some khaki froth when i aggravate it. the flavor is not overly complex, just the dark grains meshing together all the way through. the thing that makes this beer special i think, is its texture, its rich and creamy without being filling, sweet, or too strong to drink a bunch of. not as bitter in the finish as its color should mandate that it is, velvety, and i could make a morning of these for sure, great pre-noon beer if you ask me. thanks to clay station for sharing a bottle this morning.

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Photo of mattster
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NitroGen for this brew...

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce Bottle (Code 8273) and poured into snifter.

Pours a nice dark black brew with some slight red hues. No head... Some bubbles/no lacing... but legs on sides of glass.

Smell is of milky chocolate and slight coffee notes. Coffee notes are more prominent on palate. Mouth feel is filling, more bubbles than seen, but well balance. Somewhat heavy, but very nice. I'm going to sit and enjoy the rest of this this one

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of witster18
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is macadamia nut, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. Ruby edges and little head that doesn't retain. Smells good.

Taste is great. FOr 6.1 this is fairly smooth with very high drinkability. This would be a serious cold weather sessioner, but with a disclaimer. *DOnt start before 9AM!* Bed by 5.

CHewy with some woody/oaky notes, and evaporated cooked down milk caramel with a little alcohol bite, but smooth as silk. A little dark fruit... t his beer comes off as a more high grav beer... it's just 6.1, but tastes more like 7...

Looks average, tastes good, very chewy and drinkable for its abv. Bell's has some good beers and this is one of 'em.

SOme heat here, and every sip seems to offer something new - and very temperature sensitive, complex.

WIll revisit.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a cask and poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color with brown hues. Java colored head pours a half finger thick. Spotty retention. Thin spider web like lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Bread. Earth.

T: Sweet roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate are followed by a soft hop presence that plays with the tongue. Sweetness of molasses and the taste of wet earth come through. More dark roasted grains that give off an astrigent bite. Faint smokiness is followed by a very dry finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Full body. Minimal carbonation. Dry.

D: Different than most milk stouts that I have sampled. Very astrigent and drying in a good way. Recommended.

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Photo of dazedman
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riored4v
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip with a thin, tan colored head. Nice pitch black body.

Smell was roasty, with some coffee and chocolate notes. Mild hints of raisin and a burnt caramel. Nice and malty.

Taste had a light earthy bitterness upfront followed by lots of chocolate and roast. Good amounts of coffee and burnt caramel. Some mellow sweetness with a bit of raisin and dark fruits. Mellow bitterness in the finish that was bit earthy as well. Overall it reflected the aroma closely.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a crisp finish.

Overall, a nice stout. Was hoping for more of a creamy or sweet characteristic, but the stout itself was tasty.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip nearly black with deep brown and hint of ruby at the edges. A thin beige head didn't linger long and left a persistent ring with no lacing.

This double cream put off aromas of chocolate milkshake, coffee, roasted malts.

The flavors were more complex than the nose implied with flavors of mocha java milkshake, coffee, roasted and slightly smoked malts. Unsweetened cocoa provided some bite toward the finish along with a flash of mineral.

The mouthfeel lived up to the expectation of a double cream with lush, silky, viscous, qualities nicely cut by the bittersweet chocolate. I like the 6.1% ABV which gives it that little extra oomph that some milk stouts cry for.

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Photo of sd123
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light roast, cream, light vanilla, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, light roast, cream, light vanilla, dark bread, and floral/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, cream, dark bread, and light roast on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice sweet stout. All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from zrrbrrt.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger caramel colored head that has good retention.
S: Aromas of chocolate and caramel malts with a dry finish.
T: Tastes of dry sweet chocolate hit the palate first followed by a nice blast of carbonation that tingles the tongue. Nice faint sweet aftertaste on the back of the tongue--almost of licorice.
M & D: Nice smooth taste. Slick going down. Not as heavy or coating as I thought it was going to be. Sweet aftertaste is very appealing. Drinkable dessert beer, but I wouldn't have more than 2. Definately a tasty offering from Bell's. Would have again if I can get it.

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Photo of greeniedgator
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRizz62
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Nitro at Al's. This allowed the beer to a creamier, softer taste as compared to a bottled version. Paired well with a chocolate dessert

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Photo of goatgoat
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark opaque black. Perfectly clear woody brown where it allows a little light through. A thin coffee head forms, falling quickly into a ring.
Aroma is rich chocolate, dark malts, a little bitterness. A hint of dark fruits.
Taste is very sweet. A hint of coffee. Dark fruits balanced by bittersweet chocolate into the finish.
Silky smooth and full feel.

This is much sweeter and fruitier than Bell's Kalamazoo. I prefer the Kalamazoo over this and that shows in drinkability.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.97 out of 5 based on 3,794 ratings.
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